Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2020 Finalists

Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award
Daly Farms of Dunalley focuses on innovation and best practices. Gerard and Susie Daly are fourth generation farmers who began as merino producers on their 400-acre family farm. They planted their first crop of potatoes in 1989 and soon realised that their future was in potatoes. The Daly Potato Company produces 4,500 tons of high-quality potatoes, hires 35 employees and manages 1,490 acres of land. In 2016, to reduce waste and promote sustainable farming, they launched Hellfire Bluff, a commercial kitchen and a spirit and liqueur distillery to use second-grade potatoes. They are supporters of the National Drought Assistance and are regular Foodbank contributors.

Nicholas Eyles of Selbourne advocates for sustainable management. Nicholas is an eighth-generation farmer who has been working with Hillcrest Family Trust for ten years. He has been actively involved with several industry initiatives, research and development, sustainable land management and implementation of new technologies in their family farm. Nicholas is the treasure of Quamby Bend Landcare group, which focuses on river care and estuary management. Since 2014, he has been in the Vegetable Council of the Tasmania Farmers and Graziers Association and has sat as TFGA’s Bean Committee chair, where he fights for a fairer deal for Tasmanian growers to improve contract conditions.

Rural Youth Tasmania of Launceston turned adversity into opportunity. Rural Youth Tasmania, together with the Agfest Organising Committee, initiated the virtual event “Agfest in the Cloud”, after being forced to cancel Agfest 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. They were able to secure a Government grant for $65K to build a portal through the existing Agfest website for exhibitors and suppliers to advertise their products and services. The first of its kind in Australia, Rural Youth provided an avenue for participants who had already received and paid for their stock before the cancellation. 400 exhibitors participated and the event received more than 1,010,000 views.

Tasmanian Women in Agriculture of Launceston has revolutionised the perception of farming women for over 25 years. TWiA is a grassroots organisation that educates, strengthens and empowers rural women who are passionate about agriculture. They have a paid membership of nearly 300 and over 2,500 women in the network. TWiA organises Beyond the Farm Gate Tours and promotes farming innovations. They actively collaborate with industry stakeholders and contribute to the State Government’s COVID-19 Agricultural Response Group meetings. In March 2020, TWiA launched the #BuyTasmanianFirst campaign to connect producers with consumers. In April 2020, their Onfarm to Online eLearning Program helped set up online farm shops. 


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award
Emily Briffa of West Hobart desires to create real and lasting change. Emily is the CEO and co-founder of Hamlet Inc., a charity that seeks to empower Tasmanians to live meaningful lives in their community. Arriving from Melbourne six years ago, Emily learned about unemployment in Tasmania. She quit her restaurant job to build Hamlet, which has since supported 260 participants who have engaged in the Hamlet training program to develop job-ready skills, build confidence and reconnect with their community. Emily works relentlessly to secure funding and build awareness. In 2019, she successfully secured funding through the Tasmanian Community Fund to launch Hamlet Catering Co.

Sally Bound of New Town has been an Australian leader in horticultural research for over 30 years. She is a Senior Research Fellow with the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture and is recognised internationally as a leading researcher in the use of plant bioregulators and crop manipulation. Sally works closely with orchardists, industry bodies and agribusiness consultants to ensure her work is relevant and aligned with industry needs. A 2019 Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award Finalist, she has authored over 70 articles for magazines and production guides and co-authored a book on pome fruit crop regulation. Sally has also been actively involved in gymnastics and taekwondo community organisations.

Adie Delaney of Pelverata is committed to creating new solutions to old problems. Adie left a career as trapeze artist in Europe and opened The Circus Studio to bring the joy and benefits of learning circus and has created a three-year curriculum to teach children circus skills. She started working at the Sexual Assault Support Service, using circus as a tool to engage young people in conversations about consent and positive intimate relationships and has reached over 5,000 young people. This program won an Australian Crime and Violence Prevention Award. Adie is also a member of the Huon Valley Arts and Culture committee.

Leigh Higgins of Bruny Island has been committed to volunteering since 1959. Leigh has dedicated 60 years of voluntary service for Ambulance Tasmania, the SES, TasFire, Bruny Island Councillor and Kingborough Councillor. He helped St John’s establish ambulance stations in Burnie, Launceston and in the rural town of Avoca. Leigh helped educate new ambulance volunteers and he was instrumental in establishing the Police Boat Jetty on Bruny Island. Leigh retired in 1991 as Principal of Bruny Island District High School. He has been a recipient of the Kingborough Citizen of the Year Award, Peter Parssey Memorial Award and the Australia Day Ambulance Service Medal. 

Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award
Corumbene of New Norfolk was established in 1965 and is a not-for-profit, community-based organisation providing aged and community care in Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands. Their 140 staff and 40 volunteers provide primary health support, telehealth, independent living units and affordable housing. Staff enjoy Enterprise Agreements, Employee Assistance programs, the chance to co-design their roster schedule and are encouraged to gain nursing qualifications. Corumbene Care actively promotes the 26TEN program for workplace literacy and numeracy and encourages care staff to undertake the Diploma of Dementia. In 2019 a revamped staff well-being program was launched to support staff through the recent bushfires and COVID-19.

Medea Park Residential Care of St Helens is a not-for-profit aged care facility offering accommodation to 55 residents and two respite rooms. Founded in the 1970s, it has a Board of volunteers and approximately 85 staff members. New Management in 2018 implemented more efficient rostering with full staff consultation. Two staff are currently being fully supported financially to undertake a Certificate IV in Leisure and Lifestyle many online educational opportunities are also fully paid for by Medea Park. Some staff were supported with free temporary accommodation in during times of personal hardship. Staff are acknowledged with special complimentary “pizza days” and share monthly special breakfasts with the residents.

South Eastern Community Care of Sorell has been providing in-home community care to over 1,300 frail, aged and younger people with a disability for almost 50 years. SECC employs 180 people and they are considered their greatest asset. Staff enjoy home-life balance and flexibility, including an option to increase daily hours for more days off. SECC contributes to the staff’s wellbeing by celebrating successes, listening to their staff and acting on their individual and collective requests. A staff well-being survey was conducted to monitor and react to mental health in the workplace. They also offer salary packaging and facilitate programs that provide information on financial health.

Community Care Tasmania of Launceston are a not-for-profit care provider who has delivered services to older Tasmanians and people with a disability in their homes for over 30 years. They have a team of 35 dedicated office staff and 150 part-time support workers. Their staff enjoy flexible working arrangements and an Employment Assistance provides access to external counselling. All staff have extensive training in their respective roles and office staff have lift desks and gym equipment to improve physical wellbeing. Staff are encouraged to bring their house-trained pets to work and are provided with short-term staff loans in periods of financial stress. 


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award
Healthy Hobart - City of Hobart is a community-based health and wellbeing program. It delivers free physical activity sessions to increase physical activity participation, establishes connections between community members and existing services and increases the use of council managed parks and sport and recreation facilities. Since January 2017, Healthy Hobart has delivered 138 separate sessions across five programs, utilising over 23 community and commercial venues. Over 30 local providers have delivered sessions to over 3,151 participants. In line with the Healthy Tasmania Five-Year Strategic Plan 2016, Healthy Hobart is designed to add value to existing successful local programs and services whilst increasing individual and community wellbeing.

Women's Health Tasmania is a state-wide charity providing health promotion activities to Tasmanian women over 18 years old. In 2018-2019, they have provided 4,651 occasions of service or opportunities to attend classes or activities to about 103 women each week. Their low impact physical activity programs have attracted older women and women with chronic health conditions aged 45 to 75. As a women-only service, they are able to support women experiencing barriers to accessing physical activity programs, including those experiencing anxiety and depression, leaving prison or women from refugee and migrant communities and Aboriginal women. All Board members all volunteers.

George Town Council - Healthy George Town Program is an evidenced-based community health and wellbeing initiative aimed at strengthening connections, resilience and get people moving. Launched in October 2019, the Healthy George Town Program facilitates the delivery of free programs with participants aged between 7 and 82 years. They have delivered 91 sessions to over 290 participants, developed 19 key partnerships, utilised various council parks and community venues and endorsed eight community service providers. The Program is designed to add value to existing successful local programs or services and fill any identified gaps. The George Town Council engaged Healthy Tasmania to support the development of the Healthy George Town Program.

Surf Life Saving Tasmania, Hobart is passionate about promoting inclusivity. As part of a larger Special Needs Inclusion Strategy, they created the Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program. The Program provides young people with disabilities and serious illness, the opportunity to participate in a recreational activity, reduce aquatic injury and death and provides a long-lasting sustainable aquatic inclusion strategy. The Starfish Nippers Come and Try Program has allowed 20 volunteer 'Lifesaver Buddy's and 16 children with disabilities and their families to meet new friends and connect with other families and support networks. New funding has been received to extend the program to 400 participants statewide. 


EPA Sustainability Award
The Good Car Company of Mount Stuart was created in 2019 to decarbonise transport. They import pre-owned electric vehicles, reducing the new car price, to provide affordable electric cars to individual and businesses. They conducted Australia’s first Electric Vehicle Bulk-Buy and also offer rentals and access to finance to further reduce the cost of driving electric. The Good Car Company has enabled the South Hobart community to reduce tailpipe emissions by 72 tonnes of C02 each year, by taking 24 internal combustion engine vehicles off the roads, resulting in lower climate impact and quieter streets. Used batteries can be recycled where 99% of the materials can be recovered.

Kingborough Council of Kingston has adopted the use of an innovative new asphalt product manufactured by Downer called Reconophalt. Reconophalt incorporates recycled products such as soft plastics, waste toner, recycled asphalt pavement and recycled glass to deliver an improved life for road surfaces by up to three years. This year alone, Kingborough City Council will have helped to divert the following from landfill; 876,316 plastic bags, 355,200 glass bottles and 25,615 printer cartridges, creating a saving of approximately 7 Tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent. At the end of the life of a Reconophalt road surface, it is recycled again, contributing to real circular economy outcomes.

Harvest Launceston Community Farmers Market are rapidly progressing towards their ambitious goal of ‘zero-waste’ by 2021. A waste audit identified 95% of all waste generated at a single Harvest market could be composted. Six Food Organic Garden (FOGO) bins have been introduced at each market and each bin is managed by designated volunteer ‘Waste Educators’ who provide direction, education and advice to marketgoers on how to correctly dispose of their rubbish. Since FOGO was introduced at Harvest, 82,320 litres of waste have been diverted to compost. This equates to 98% of Harvest’s total waste that would otherwise have been processed as recycling or general landfill.

Neville Smith Forest Products Pty Ltd of Mowbray has invested in a pellet production facility and has so far removed 3,000 tonnes of timber processing residue from landfill. Timber waste such as dust, off-cuts and sawdust decompose and release methane into the environment whilst in landfill. The pellets, a form of bioenergy heating are distributed to retail outlets for consumers who use pellet consuming devices in their homes. Because of the high burning temperature and efficiency of most pellet heating devices, harmful emissions are captured as soot and disposed of during the routine cleaning process. Pellet heating technology provides both environmental and cost benefits.

Prime Super Business Achievement Award
Bridgewater Police and Community Youth Club has been delivering community support services since 1986, primarily targeting at risk or disengaged youth. From 2017 to present, Bridgewater PCYC underwent a quantum change that led to pioneering an integrated business model and diversification of services. In late 2017, they implemented a “School Support Program” which provided disengaged youths with transport to attend school, sporting engagement activities and individual mentoring and outreach. Community partnerships increased from 19 to 68 and financial viability improved by 780 per cent. In 2018, they launched the stand-alone “Community Engagement” project which saw an increase in auxiliary members and auxiliaries’ net worth to over $420,000.

Marinova Pty Ltd of Cambridge has showcased Australian ingenuity. Marinova is a progressive Tasmanian biotechnology company dedicated to the development and manufacture of high purity, certified organic seaweed extracts. As a global leader in fucoidan science, Marinova has developed the Maritech® extraction process, maximising the potential of certified organic, sustainably produced seaweed extracts. Their fucoidan extracts are utilised in gut and digestive health, immune support, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, viral inhibition, anti-ageing and skin protection applications. They have become the supplier of choice of research institutions and nutraceutical and pharmaceutical companies in over 25 countries around the world. Marinova won a 2019 Australian Organic Industry Award.

Scorpion Pest Management Pty Ltd, Glenorchy is an advocate for sustainability. Scorpion has been servicing commercial, agricultural, rural and residential sectors since 2008. From a small local service, they now employ four pest technicians and two office staff and provide over 20 specialised services. Scorpion increased their revenue by $100,000 in the past 12 months and have invested in new vehicles and professional equipment. They have also introduced a field app for their technicians to provide the latest technology. Scorpion has been an Australian Small Business Champion Awards Finalist from 2018 to 2020. They also won the 2018 Worksafe Tasmania Awards Excellence in Work Health and Safety Culture.

East Coast Cruises of Triabunna is committed to developing the tourism in Maria Island. Established by marine biologist and fisheries’ scientist Mike Davis, East Coast Cruises specialises in offering cruise and walk day tours to Maria Island National Park and Ile Des Phouqes Nature Reserve. Aboard the “Spirt of Maria”, guests disconnect from ordinary life to immerse themselves amongst remote natural landscapes and reconnect with nature. East Coast Cruises contributes over $350,000 to the Triabunna community and over $450,000 to the Tasmanian economy each year. They are a six-year TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee and a major influence to the strong development of tourism at Maria Island. 

MAIB Disability Achievement Award
Timothy Marks of Glenorchy provides counselling and support to people with a disability. Since becoming an amputee in 2010, Timothy has been actively involved in 19 committees, taking on leadership roles. He is a Lived Experience Consultant, Vice President and Southern Representative of the Tasmanian Amputee Society, Southern Representative for Limbs 4 Life, Tasmania Director for Physical Disabilities Australia, Chairman of Glenorchy Accesses Committee, Vice Chair of Glenorchy Community Committee and Co-ordinator at Glenorchy Rubbish Task Force. He is also a Festival of Smiles committee member and Langford Services volunteer. Timothy has been recognised by the Glenorchy Council and has helped Glenorchy become more inclusive.

Brett Christie of Shearwater has been a member of the Port Sorell Surf Life Saving Club for the past six seasons but a lower leg injury led to his amputation in early 2019. Brett expressed his desire to get back in the water, help coach nippers and complete his bronze medallion course. He became the first amputee in Tasmania to be awarded the SLSA Bronze Medallion, was the 2020 Port Sorell Surf Life Saver of the Year and nominated for Tasmanian Surf Life Saver of the Year. Brett, an ambassador for Surf Life Saving Australia, encourages others with disabilities to be involved in their community.

Patrick Rosevear of Rosevears is committed to community service. Patrick has a diagnosis of autism spectrum, making communication difficult for him. Despite that, he has been a committee member and volunteer for Rural Youth Tasmania and Agfest Organising Committee since 2018. He is the West Tamar co-ordinator of the “Lids 4 Kids” campaign, was selected for the 12-member Premier’s Youth Advisory Council in 2019 and is the Junior Vice President of Rural Youth Tamar Branch. Patrick has an Animal Welfare Certificate and is currently studing a Certificate III in Agricultural Studies. He is also a West Tamar Council Young Citizen of the Year 2020 nominee.

Judy Huett of Burnie advocates for human rights of people with a disability. Judy was the first Australian person with an intellectual disability to go the United Nations in Geneva to talk to the UN Committee about the 2013 UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has actively worked in the Independent Advisory Council and the Intellectual Disability Reference Group, advising the National Disability Insurance Agency board from the lived experience of a person living with intellectual disability. Judy works with the Speak Out Association of Tasmania and is an Asia Pacific member of Empower Us Action Group, an international inclusion group. 


Tasprint Community Group of the Year Award
End Rape On Campus of Hobart is a volunteer organisation that works to end sexual violence at educational institutions through prevention efforts, direct support for survivors and advocates and policy reforms. Through individual advocacy, they assist survivors in realising their potentials and objectives. In April 2020, End Rape On Campus’s #LetHerSpeak campaign led the Tasmanian Government to overhaul the sexual assault gag-law. They successfully campaigned to change the name of an offence to “persistent sexual abuse of a child.” Established in 2015, they have 10 core members, 100 volunteers and a community of over 7,000 members. In 2018, they won the HESTA Social Impact Award.

JCP Empowering Youth of Riverside delivers youth leadership programs in schools and community-based settings. In 2019, JCP Youth started BEAST, a leadership program that has shown high success at engaging at-risk young people between the ages of 10 and 17. BEAST aims to positively influence an individual’s educational attendance rates, motivational levels, reduction of youth offending and an opportunity to have fun and connect with active role models. Participants learn to motivate themselves and understand their potential (Stepping Up phase), appreciate themselves, their life and what they have (Stepping Back phase) and implement these life changes every day in their own environment (Stepping Forward phase).

Rotary Club of Tamar Sunrise of Launceston is a breakfast club that has been delivering capacity building projects for over 20 years. The Club has 19 active members and several Friends of Rotary volunteers and from 2019 to 2020, they raised $100,000. In their Waverley Primary School Literacy Programs, they gave every Kinder student a copy of the book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”. In Launceston Carols By Candlelight, they welcomed over 6,000 carollers to the City Park. In January 2019, they raised over $82,000 for the Rotary National Bushfires Appeal. Their 2020 International Women’s Day Breakfast was attended by 15 female regional high school students.